Born in 1942 in Madaripur, now in Bangladesh, Shri Jogesh Dutta is a self-taught mime. His early inspiration was the dance of Shri Uday Shankar and Shrimati T. Balasaraswati, and the dance-drama of Rabindra- nath Tagore.
Shri Dutta has been practising mime professionally since the 1960s and has won acclaim for his performances in India and abroad. He was an Indian delegate at the World Youth Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1968 and received an award for his performance at the tenth World Fair in the former German Democratic Republic in 1973. He established the Jogesh Mime Academy in 1971 and since 1982 has also taught at Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. Shri Dutta has worked with spastics at the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute in Bombay. A film on his work — Silent Art and Jogesh Dutta — was produced by Films Division in 1983.
Shri Jogesh Dutta receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to mime.